Kentish Town station
Kentish Town is a London Underground and National Rail station in Kentish Town in the London Borough of Camden. It is at the junction of Kentish Town Leighton Road, it is in Travelcard Zone 2. The station is served by the High Barnet branch of the London Underground Northern line, by Thameslink trains on the National Rail Midland Main Line, it is between Camden Town and Tufnell Park on the Northern line and between West Hampstead and St Pancras International stations on the main line. It is the only station on the High Barnet branch with a direct interchange with a National Rail line. There are two London Underground underground platforms. National Rail trains are operated by Thameslink, with northbound trains running to Luton and southbound to Sutton and Sevenoaks, via London St. Pancras and Blackfriars. East Midlands Trains express services from Nottingham and Leicester pass through but do not stop. Ticket barriers control access to both London National Rail platforms; the first station was opened by the Midland Railway in 1868 on the extension to its new London terminal at St Pancras.
Prior to that, Midland Railway trains used the London and North Western Railway lines to Euston or the Great Northern Railway lines to King's Cross. Until the St. Pancras extension was complete, for some time afterwards, some trains exchanged the locomotive at Kentish Town for one fitted with condensing apparatus and continued to Moorgate station named Moorgate Street station. For some years trains ran from Kentish Town to Victoria station on the South Eastern and Chatham Railway; the second largest motive power depot and repair facility on the Midland Rail was north of the station. In 1861 a collision occurred at a siding near the station in which 16 people were killed and 317 were injured. From May 1878 to September 1880 the MR Super Outer Circle service ran through the station, from St. Pancras to Earl's Court Underground station via Cricklewood and South Acton; the main line station was rebuilt in 1983, nothing of the original station building remains. The separate London Underground station was opened on 22 June 1907 by the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway, a precursor of the Northern line.
The station was designed by Leslie Green with the ox-blood red glazed terracotta façade and the semi-circular windows at first floor level common to most of the original stations on the CCE&HR and its two associated railways, the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway and Great Northern and Brompton Railway which opened the previous year. When Kentish Town station opened the next CCE&HR station south was South Kentish Town but that station closed in 1924 due to low usage. Gospel Oak station on the North London Line opened in 1860 as "Kentish Town" but was given its present name in 1867 when the North London Railway opened Kentish Town West, it was the junction of services to Barking until 1981 when services were diverted to terminate and start from Gospel Oak. The spur line to Junction Road Junction was closed, the track was removed and the trackbed has been sold for industrial use. Trains from south of the River Thames on the extended Thameslink network may call at the station from 2018. After the bay platforms at Blackfriars station closed in March 2009, Southeastern services which terminated at Blackfriars were extended to Kentish Town, or St Albans, Luton or Bedford.
A major upgrading of the whole Thameslink line infrastructure is underway, for expected completion by 2018. However, the four platforms at Kentish Town station are not being extended from eight to 12 carriages because of road bridges at each end which cannot be relocated, so only services that continue to be served by eight-car trains will be able to call there; the only other Thameslink stations north of the River Thames remaining with eight-car platform lengths will be Hendon and Cricklewood, which are sited either side of a possible new Thameslink station at Brent Cross. London Buses routes 134, 214, 393 and C2 and night route N20 serve the station. Train times and station information for Kentish Town station from National Rail London Transport Museum Photographic Archive Station building in 1925
Turnham Green tube station
Turnham Green is a London Underground station in Chiswick of the London Borough of Hounslow, west London. The station is served by the District and Piccadilly lines although Piccadilly line trains stop at the station only at the beginning and end of the day, running through non-stop at other times. To the east, District line trains stop at Stamford Brook and Piccadilly line trains stop at Hammersmith. To the west, District line trains run to either Chiswick Park or Gunnersbury and Piccadilly line trains stop at Acton Town; the station is in both Travelcard Zone 2 and Zone 3. The station is located on Turnham Green Terrace on the eastern edge of Chiswick Common, but the actual green is much closer to Chiswick Park station, it is about 200 m north of Chiswick High Road and as well as Central Chiswick, the station serves the Bedford Park area. The station is located close to the site of the Battle of Turnham Green, during the First English Civil War. Turnham Green station was opened on 1 January 1869 by the London and South Western Railway on a new branch line to Richmond built from the West London Joint Railway starting north of Addison Road station.
The line ran through Shepherd's Bush and Hammersmith via a now unused curve and the next station towards central London was Grove Road station in Hammersmith. Between 1 June 1870 and 31 October 1870 the Great Western Railway ran services from Paddington to Richmond via the Hammersmith & City Railway tracks to Grove Road on the L&SWR tracks through Turnham Green. On 1 June 1877, the District Railway opened a short extension from its terminus at Hammersmith to connect to the L&SWR tracks east of Ravenscourt Park station; the DR began running trains over the L&SWR tracks to Richmond. On 1 October 1877, the Metropolitan Railway restarted the GWR's former service to Richmond via Grove Road station. On 5 May 1878 The Midland Railway began running a circuitous service known as the Super Outer Circle from St Pancras to Earl's Court via Cricklewood and South Acton, it operated over a now disused connection between the North London Railway and the L&SWR Richmond branch. The service was not a success and was ended on 30 September 1880.
The DR's service between Richmond and central London was more direct than either the L&SWR's or the MR's routes via Grove Road station or the L&SWR's other route from Richmond via Clapham Junction. The success of the DR's operations lead it, on 1 July 1879, to open a branch from Turnham Green to Ealing Broadway. From 1 January 1894, the GWR began sharing the MR's Richmond service and served Turnham Green once again, meaning that passengers from Turnham Green could travel on the services of four operators. Following the electrification of the DR's own tracks north of Acton Town in 1903, the DR funded the electrification of the tracks through Turnham Green; the tracks between Acton Town and central London were electrified on 1 July 1905 and those on the Richmond branch on 1 August 1905. Whilst DR services were operated with electric trains, the L&SWR, GWR and MR services continued to be steam hauled. MR services were withdrawn on 31 December 1906 and GWR services were withdrawn on 31 December 1910 leaving operations at Turnham Green to the DR and L&SWR.
The L&SWR constructed an additional pair of non-electrified tracks between Turnham Green and its junction with the District at Hammersmith and opened these on 3 December 1911 although their use was short-lived as the District's trains out-competed the L&SWR's to the extent that the L&SWR withdrew its service between Richmond and Addison Road on 3 June 1916, leaving the District as the sole operator. In the early 1930s, the London Electric Railway, precursor of the London Underground and owner of the District and Piccadilly lines, began the reconstruction of the tracks between Hammersmith and Acton Town to enable the Piccadilly line to be extended from Hammersmith to Uxbridge and Hounslow West. Express non-stop tracks were provided for the Piccadilly line between the stopping lines of the District line. Services on the Piccadilly line began running through Turnham Green on 4 July 1932. To provide a better interchange with the Richmond branch of the District line, Piccadilly line trains began stopping at Turnham Green station in the early mornings and late evenings only from 23 June 1963.
During the rest of the day they run non-stop through the station as before. Local residents have been campaigning for more Piccadilly line trains to stop at Turnham Green with trains only stopping in the event of delays to the District line whereby large numbers of passengers are left waiting on the platform or while scheduled maintenance work is carried out. However, in December 2013, it was announced that Turnham Green will be made a permanent stop on the Piccadilly line once the line has been upgraded, with work scheduled to commence in 2019 and introduction of the first new train in 2022. A consultation published in January 2014, concluded that the business case would have an overall negative impact on business across London from introducing increased stopping at Turnham Green, but did outline the future plans to do so when upgrades had taken place, with passengers benefiting from improvements to the District line and the Night Tube from Autumn 2015
First Capital Connect
First Capital Connect was a British train operating company, owned by FirstGroup, that operated the Thameslink and Great Northern sectors of what became the Thameslink and Great Northern franchise from April 2006 to September 2014. First Capital Connect was a major provider of commuter and regional services in London and the south east of England, it operated passenger rail services from Luton and Bedford via the Thameslink to Sutton and Brighton via Central London. It operated commuter and regional services out of London King's Cross and London Moorgate to Hertfordshire and Norfolk. Major destinations served included Cambridge, King's Lynn and Peterborough. First Capital Connect ceased operations at 02:00 on 14 September 2014, when the franchise was taken over by Govia Thameslink Railway, became part of the larger Thameslink and Great Northern franchise. On 8 April 2005, the Strategic Rail Authority announced Danish State Railways/EWS, FirstGroup, John Laing/MTR, National Express and Stagecoach had been shortlisted for the Thameslink Great Northern franchise.
On 13 December 2005, the Department for Transport awarded the new franchise to FirstGroup with the services operated by Thameslink and West Anglia Great Northern transferring to First Capital Connect on 1 April 2006. The term of the franchise was for nine years, finishing in 2015; this was dependent on performance targets being met at the end of the fourth year, which would trigger an automatic two-year extension, an extension for up to three years after the sixth year at the discretion of the DfT. It was announced on 5 August 2011 that the franchise would end on 14 September 2013. "This will help to facilitate the continued project delivery of the Thameslink Programme, in particular the introduction of new rolling stock, which will be completed after the expiry date of the existing franchise."The Thameslink franchise and the Great Northern part of the West Anglia Great Northern franchise were amalgamated in preparation for the Thameslink Programme, which will increase capacity on the Thameslink route, with trains from King's Lynn and Peterborough.
On 24 July 2007 the government announced that it was committed to funding the Thameslink Programme, the project is now nearing completion. In the early part of 2007, First Capital Connect conducted a study and undertook consultation on options for increasing the capacity of services to Peterborough and Cambridge; the final recommendations involved lengthening four peak services from eight to 12 carriages from May 2009, adding or removing a small number of stops to balance loads between trains. 1,779 more seats have been provided during the morning peak and 2,490 during the evening peak reducing the number of rush-hour commuters unable to find a seat. In December 2011, the DfT announced that all services operated by First Capital Connect would be included within the new Thameslink and Great Northern franchise. On 29 March 2012, the Department for Transport announced that Abellio, FirstGroup, Govia, MTR and Stagecoach had been shortlisted for the new franchise; the Invitation to Tender was to have been issued in October 2012, with the successful bidder announced in early 2013.
However, in the wake of the InterCity West Coast re-franchising process collapsing, the government announced in October 2012 that the process would be put on hold pending the results of a review. In January 2013, the government announced it would be exercising an option to extend the franchise until 31 March 2014. In March 2013, the Secretary of State for Transport announced plans for a direct award franchise which would run until 13 September 2014. On 18 February 2014, the Department for Transport announced it had agreed a new short-term franchise with First Capital Connect, running for six months to September 2014. On 23 May 2014, the new TSGN franchise was awarded to Govia with services operated by First Capital Connect transferring to Govia Thameslink Railway on 14 September 2014; the routes operated by First Capital Connect off-peak Monday to Friday were, with frequencies in trains per hour: to Peterborough – 2 to Cambridge – 2 to Cambridge – 2 to Hertford North via Gordon Hill – 3 to Welwyn Garden City – 3Unlike the Thameslink route, there was only one control centre for FCC services on the Great Northern route, at King's Cross, within the power signal box.
Sevenoaks via Catford to Kentish Town or Bedford – 2 Bedford to Brighton– 4 Luton to Sutton via Wimbledon– 2 St Albans to Sutton via Mitcham Junction– 2This gave a frequency of 10 trains between London Blackfriars and St Pancras. During the peaks this increases. FCC had two control centres for the Thameslink route. North of Blackfriars was controlled within the power signal box; the disruptions were triggered by FCC drivers declining to work overtime or during their allotted rest days, following their rejection of a proposed pay increase of 0%. Without access to overtime and rest day work, FCC was unable to provide enough drivers to maintain its standard Thameslink service. Disruption continued into January 2010 as a result of heavy snow in south-east England. Trains returned to the normal timetables from 18 January, but delays and c
London Borough of Camden
The London Borough of Camden is a borough in north west London, forms part of Inner London. In Middlesex, some southern areas of the borough, such as Holborn, are sometimes described as part of the West End of London; the local authority is Camden London Borough Council. The borough was created in 1965 from the former area of the metropolitan boroughs of Hampstead, St Pancras, which had formed part of the County of London; the borough was named after Camden Town, which had gained its name from Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden in 1795. The transcribed diaries of William Copeland Astbury made available, describe Camden and the surrounding areas in great detail from 1829–1848. Sir Jan inspired many of his art works in this area. There are 162 English Heritage blue plaques in the borough of Camden representing the many diverse personalities that have lived there; the southern part of the borough is in the Central Activities Zone including Holborn and King's Cross. The northern part of the borough includes the less densely developed areas of Hampstead, Hampstead Heath and Kentish Town.
Neighbouring boroughs are the City of Westminster and the City of London to the south, Brent to the west and Haringey to the north and Islington to the east. It covers all or part of the N1, N6, N7, N19, NW1, NW2, NW3, NW5, NW6, NW8, EC1, WC1, WC2, W1 and W9 postcode areas. Camden Town Hall is located in Judd Street in St Pancras. Camden London Borough Council was controlled by the Labour Party continuously from 1971 until the 2006 election, when the Liberal Democrats became the largest party. In 2006, two Green Cllrs, Maya de Souza and Adrian Oliver, were elected and were the first Green Party councillors in Camden. In 1985 when the borough was rate-capped, the Labour leadership joined the rebellion in which it declared its inability to set a budget in an unsuccessful attempt to force the Government to allow higher spending. Camden was the fourth to last council to drop out of the campaign, doing so in the early hours of 6 June. Borough councillors are elected every four years. Since May 2002 the electoral wards in Camden are Belsize, Camden Town with Primrose Hill, Fortune Green and Fitzjohns, Gospel Oak, Hampstead Town, Highgate and Covent Garden, Kentish Town, King's Cross, Regent's Park, St Pancras and Somers Town, Swiss Cottage and West Hampstead.
Between 2006 and 2010 Labour lost two seats to the Liberal Democrats through by-elections, in Kentish Town and Haverstock wards. A Labour Councillor in Haverstock ward defected to the Liberal Democrats in February 2009; the Conservatives lost two seats, one to the Liberal Democrats in Hampstead, one to the Green Party, Alexander Goodman, in Highgate, taking the total number of Green Party Councillors to three. At the local elections on 6 May 2010 the Labour party regained full control of Camden council; the organisation's staff are led by the Chief Executive, Mike Cooke. The organisation is divided into five directorates: Housing and Adult Social Care Children and Families Culture & Environment Central Services: Finance Legal Strategy and Organisation Development Chief Executives DepartmentThe directorates are headed by a director who reports directly to the Chief Executive; each directorate is divided into a number of divisions headed by an assistant director. They, in turn, are divided into groups.
This is a similar model to most local government in London. Camden forms part of the Barnet and Camden London Assembly constituency, represented by Andrew Dismore of the Labour Party There are two parliamentary constituencies covering Camden: Hampstead and Kilburn in the north, represented by Labour's Tulip Siddiq, Holborn and St. Pancras in the south, represented by Labour's Keir Starmer. In 1801, the civil parishes that form the modern borough were developed and had a total population of 96,795; this continued to rise swiftly throughout the 19th century as the district became built up, reaching 270,197 in the middle of the century. When the railways arrived the rate of population growth slowed, for while many people were drawn in by new employment, others were made homeless by the new central London termini and construction of lines through the district; the population peaked at 376,500 in the 1890s, after which official efforts began to clear the overcrowded slums around St Pancras and Holborn.
After World War II, further suburban public housing was built to rehouse the many Londoners made homeless in the Blitz, there was an exodus from London towards the new towns under the Abercrombie Plan for London. As industry declined during the 1970s the population continued to decline, falling to 161,100 at the start of the 1980s, it has now begun to rise again with new housing developments on brownfield sites and the release of railway and gas work lands around Kings Cross. A 2017 study found that the eviction rate of 6 per 1,000 renting households in Camden is the lowest rate in London; the 2001 census gave Camden a population of 198,000, an undercount, revised to 202,600. The projected 2006 figure is 227,500. On 20 May 1999, the Camden New Journal newspaper documented'Two Camdens' syndrome as a high-profile phenomenon differentiating the characteristics of education services in its constituencies. In 2006, Dame Julia Neuberger's book reported similar variation as a characteristic of Camden's children's health services.
Her insider's view was corroboration – in addition to the 2001 "Inequalities" report by Director of Public Health Dr. Maggie Barker of "stark contrasts in" health and education opportunities – of earlier similar Audit Commission findings and a verification/update of the 1999 CNJ rep
Hampstead Heath is a large, ancient London heath, covering 320 hectares. This grassy public space sits astride a sandy ridge, one of the highest points in London, running from Hampstead to Highgate, which rests on a band of London Clay; the heath is rambling and hilly, embracing ponds and ancient woodlands, a lido, a training track, it adjoins the former stately home of Kenwood House and its estate. The south-east part of the heath is Parliament Hill, from which the view over London is protected by law. Running along its eastern perimeter are a chain of ponds – including three open-air public swimming pools – which were reservoirs for drinking water from the River Fleet; the heath is a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation, part of Kenwood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Lakeside concerts are held there in summer; the heath is managed by the City of London Corporation, lies within the London Borough of Camden with the adjoining Hampstead Heath Extension and Golders Hill Park in the London Borough of Barnet.
The heath first entered the history books in 986 when Ethelred the Unready granted one of his servants five hides of land at "Hemstede". This same land is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as held by the monastery of St. Peter's at Westminster Abbey, by is known as the "Manor of Hampstead". Westminster held the land until 1133 when control of part of the manor was released to one Richard de Balta. Manorial rights to the land remained in private hands until the 1940s when they lapsed under Sir Spencer Pocklington Maryon Wilson, though the estate itself was passed on to Shane Gough, 5th Viscount Gough. Over time, plots of land in the manor were sold off for building in the early 19th century, though the heath remained common land; the main part of the heath was acquired for the people by the Metropolitan Board of Works. Parliament Hill was purchased for the public for £300,000 and added to the park in 1888. Golders Hill was added in 1898 and Kenwood House and grounds were added in 1928. From 1808 to 1814 Hampstead Heath hosted a station in the shutter telegraph chain which connected the Admiralty in London to its naval ships in the port of Great Yarmouth.
The City of London Corporation has managed the heath since 1989. Before that it was managed before that by the London County Council. In 2009, the City of London proposed to upgrade a footpath across the heath into a service-road; the proposal met with protests from local residents and celebrities, did not proceed. The heath sits astride a sandy ridge, it runs from east to its highest point being 134 metres. As the sand was penetrated by rainwater, held by the clay, a landscape of swampy hollows and man-made excavations was created. Hampstead Heath contains the largest single area of common land in Greater London, with 144.93 hectares of protected commons. Public transport near the heath includes London Overground railway stations Hampstead Heath and Gospel Oak and London Underground stations at Hampstead and Belsize Park to the south, Golders Green to the north-west, Highgate and Archway to the east. Buses serve several roads around the heath; the heath's 320 hectares include a number of distinct areas.
Hampstead Heath has over 25 ponds. Whitestone Pond is a triangular pond, centrally located on the heath's south side and north-northwest of the former Queen Mary's House care home, across busy Heath Street. A small dew pond called the Horse Pond, it was renamed after a waypoint stone and is artificially fed, it has an exposed location surrounded by roads, which limits its recreational use. It is the heath's best known body of water, many people's introduction to Hampstead Heath's ponds. Highgate Ponds are a series of eight former reservoirs, on the heath's east side, were dug in the 17th and 18th centuries, they include two single-sex swimming pools, a model boating pond, two ponds which serve as wildlife reserves: the Stock Pond and the Bird Sanctuary Pond. Fishing is allowed in some of the ponds, although this is threatened by proposals to modify the dams; the Hampstead Ponds are three ponds in the heath's south-west corner, towards South End Green. One of these is the ` mixed pond', they are the result of the 1777 damming of Hampstead Brook, by the Hampstead Water Company, formed in 1692 to meet London's growing water demands."Boudicca's Mound", near the present men's bathing pond, is a tumulus where, according to local legend, Queen Boudicca was buried after she and 10,000 Iceni warriors were defeated at Battle Bridge.
However, historical drawings and paintings of the area show no mound other than a 17th-century windmill. In 2004 the City of London Corporation, rejected a proposal by the Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club to allow "early-morning, self-regulated swimming in the mixed sex pond on Hampstead Heath"; the swimmers challenged this in the High Court, which in 2005 ruled that members of the swimming club had the right to swim at their own r
National Rail in the United Kingdom is the trading name licensed for use by the Rail Delivery Group, an unincorporated association whose membership consists of the passenger train operating companies of England and Wales. The TOCs run the passenger services provided by the British Railways Board, from 1965 using the brand name British Rail. Northern Ireland, bordered by the Republic of Ireland, has a different system. National Rail services share a ticketing structure and inter-availability that do not extend to services which were not part of British Rail; the name and the accompanying double arrow symbol are trademarks of the Secretary of State for Transport. National Rail should not be confused with Network Rail. National Rail is a brand used to promote passenger railway services, providing some harmonisation for passengers in ticketing, while Network Rail is the organisation which owns and manages most of the fixed assets of the railway network, including tracks and signals; the two coincide where passenger services are run.
Most major Network Rail lines carry freight traffic and some lines are freight only. There are some scheduled passenger services on managed, non-Network Rail lines, for example Heathrow Express, which runs on Network Rail track; the London Underground overlaps with Network Rail in places. Twenty eight owned train operating companies, each franchised for a defined term by government, operate passenger trains on the main rail network in Great Britain; the Rail Delivery Group is the trade association representing the TOCs and provides core services, including the provision of the National Rail Enquiries service. It runs Rail Settlement Plan, which allocates ticket revenue to the various TOCs, Rail Staff Travel, which manages travel facilities for railway staff, it does not compile the national timetable, the joint responsibility of the Office of Rail Regulation and Network Rail. Since the privatisation of British Rail there is no longer a single approach to design on railways in Great Britain; the look and feel of signage and marketing material is the preserve of the individual TOCs.
However, National Rail continues to use BR's famous double-arrow symbol, designed by Gerald Burney of the Design Research Unit. It has been incorporated in the National Rail logotype and is displayed on tickets, the National Rail website and other publicity; the trademark rights to the double arrow symbol remain state-owned, being vested in the Secretary of State for Transport. The double arrow symbol is used to indicate a railway station on British traffic signs; the National Rail logo was introduced by ATOC in 1999, was used on the Great Britain public timetable for the first time in the edition valid from 26 September in that year. Rules for its use are set out in the Corporate Identity Style Guidelines published by the Rail Delivery Group, available on its website. "In 1964 the Design Research Unit—Britain’s first multi-disciplinary design agency founded in 1943 by Misha Black, Milner Gray and Herbert Read—was commissioned to breathe new life into the nation’s neglected railway industry".
The NR title is sometimes described as a "brand". As it was used by British Rail, the single operator before franchising, its use maintains continuity and public familiarity; the lettering used in the National Rail logotype is a modified form of the typeface Sassoon Bold. Some train operating companies continue to use the former British Rail Rail Alphabet lettering to varying degrees in station signage, although its use is no longer universal; the British Rail typefaces of choice from 1965 were Helvetica and Univers, with others coming into use during the sectorisation period after 1983. TOCs may use what they like: examples include Futura, Frutiger, a modified version of Precious by London Midland. Although TOCs compete against each other for franchises, for passengers on routes where more than one TOC operates, the strapline used with the National Rail logo is'Britain's train companies working together'. Several conurbations have their own metro or tram systems, most of which are not part of National Rail.
These include the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, London Tramlink, Blackpool Tramway, Glasgow Subway, Tyne & Wear Metro, Manchester Metrolink, Sheffield Supertram, Midland Metro and Nottingham Express Transit. On the other hand, the self-contained Merseyrail system is part of the National Rail network, urban rail networks around Birmingham, Cardiff and West Yorkshire consist of National Rail services. London Overground is a hybrid: its services are operated via a concession awarded by Transport for London, are branded accordingly, but until 2010 all its routes used infrastructure owned by Network Rail. LO now possesses some infrastructure in its own right, following the reopening of the former London Underground East London line as the East London Railway. Since all the previous LO routes were operated by National Rail franchise Silverlink until November 2007, they have continued to be shown in the National Rail timetable and are still considered to be a part of National Rail.
Heathrow Express and Eurostar are not part of the National Rail network despite sharing of stations. Northern Ireland Railways were
Sevenoaks railway station
Sevenoaks railway station is on the South Eastern Main Line in England, serving the town of Sevenoaks, Kent. It is 22 miles 9 chains down the line from London Charing Cross and is situated between Dunton Green and Hildenborough stations. Trains calling at the station are operated by Thameslink. Trains from the station run northbound to London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and Charing Cross via Orpington, or to Blackfriars via Swanley and Catford. Sevenoaks railway station was opened on 2 March 1868, it was known as "Tubs Hill", after the adjacent area. There is a second station, on the branch to Swanley Junction, which opened on 2 June 1862; the station is named after the Bat & Ball local inn, now closed, serves the north end of the town. The two lines to Sevenoaks were electrified in January 1935; when the station was reconstructed in the 1970s a new ticket office was built replacing the old wooden S. E. R. Building; the largest version of the Southern Region D70 type glass box station, this reconstruction was designed by regional architect Nigel Wikeley.
Two additional side platforms were abolished. Sevenoaks is part of the rail franchise which, post-privatisation, was served by Connex South Eastern. Subsequent to their'sacking' in 2003 due to poor financial management, services were operated by South Eastern Trains, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Strategic Rail Authority. On 1 April 2006, owned by Govia, took over management of the station as part of the new Integrated Kent Franchise. 7 June 1884 - A double-headed freight train ran into the rear of another freight train at Tub's Hill station. Both crew of the first train were killed; the Hildenborough signalman was charged with causing their deaths. The trains were being worked under the time interval system.24 August 1927 - the Sevenoaks railway accident. River class tank locomotive No. 800 River Cray derailed at Shoreham Lane between Dunton Green and Sevenoaks. Thirteen people were killed and 20 were injured; the locomotives were rebuilt as tender locomotives. As of the August 2016 timetable off-peak services from this station from Monday to Friday are: 2 to London Charing Cross.
2 tph to London Charing Cross 4 tph to London Charing Cross (semi-fast service calling at Orpington, London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross only 2 tph to London Blackfriars 2 tph to Hastings via Tunbridge Wells 2 tph to Tunbridge Wells 1 tph to Dover Priory via Ashford International 1 tph to Ramsgate via Ashford International and Canterbury West There are two island platforms - 1 & 2, 3 & 4. Platform 1- Northbound fast trains fast to London Bridge, Waterloo East, London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street Platform 2- Slow trains starting/terminating at Sevenoaks to London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street via Orpington and Lewisham Platform 3- Southbound trains via Tonbridge. Platform 4- Thameslink trains which all start/terminate here. During the peak period there are fast direct services to London Cannon Street; the not-for-profit Sevenoaks Rail Travellers' Association corresponds and meets with Southeastern Railway, TfL, the DfT, MPs and other relevant parties to represent the interests of passengers using Sevenoaks and stations nearby – Bat & Ball, Dunton Green, Kemsing and Shoreham.
Train times and station information for Sevenoaks railway station from National Rail